Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been awarded this year’s Polar Music Prize along with singer/songwriter Paul Simon. They will receive their prizes in a special ceremony on August 28th in Stockholm, Sweden. Both recipients will receive one million Swedish Krona in prize money (approximately $145, 000 CAD).
In their press release, the Polar Music Prize cited the following reasons for awarding Yo-Yo Ma with this award:
“Yo-Yo Ma has dedicated his virtuosity and his heart to journeys of musical exploration and discovery around the world. With a cello and curiosity in his wake, Yo-Yo Ma has in travelling routes like the Silk Road, united people from every continent. Yo-Yo Ma is living proof that music is communication, passion and the ability to share experience.”
[Read the entire announcement on polarmusicprize.org]